If you found an injured or sick bird who would you call?
I was warned that most of the general public (those that are not RSPB members) think that the RSPB do exactly the same as the RSPCA, but for birds.
We don’t. We don’t have wildlife hospitals. Both charities are awesome at what they do, and do very different things.
The RSPCA treat and rehabilitate sick or injured wildlife. The RSPB look after nature. That is, the whole of biodiversity, habitats, ecosystems, the big picture. If a species is in decline, the RSPB will try to understand why, and then aim to create a remedy.
And injured godwit may be fixed and re-released by the RSPCA, and every one does count. Whilst the RSPB are managing habitats specifically to the requirements of godwits, to encourage them to breed.
Phone rings in the office.
“Good afternoon RSPB Nene Washes.”
“Oh hi, I have a blackbird chick in my garden which I keep having to rescue.. It falls over all the time.”
“Oh dear, you need to call the RSPCA though as they are the organisation who treat and rehabilitate wildlife.”
“Well why are you called the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds?”
Erm, which of these words describe us as vets?!
Actually this lady was really nice. Though it did take me ten minutes to get her off the phone!
I hope you all liked my ‘week in the life of’. Not too bored! back to business as usual now.
P.s. My bird list for last week. Week commencing 24 June 2013:
Blackbird, Black-headed gull, Black-tailed godwit, Collared dove, Coot, Cormorant, Corncrake, Crow, Cuckoo, Curlew, Goldfinch, Great tit, Heron, Hobby, Housemartin, House sparrow, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser black-backed gull, Little egret, Magpie, Marsh harrier, Meadow pipit, Mute swan (& cygnet), Oyster catcher, Redshank, Red kite, Reedbunting, Robin, Sedge warbler, Skylark, Snipe, Starling, Swallow, Swift, Wood pigeon.
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